E-Metrics: Tools for Measuring Usage of Electronic Resources

E-Metrics: Tools for Measuring Usage of Electronic Resources

Tawfeeq Nazir (University of Kashmir, India)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0474-0.ch011
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Abstract

Libraries are spending large proportion of their budget on the subscription of information resources (print and electronic resources). Since the early 2000's increasing percentage of library budget has been shifted to the purchase of e-resources. The usage data of e-resources provided by the publishers and aggregators to libraries, proved to be helpful for libraries and decision makers in selecting best possible resources for their users. In yesteryear's many e-metrics tools had been developed and are in continuous experiments so to develop reliable, consistent and on time usage data. The present study discusses the various e-metrics tools and their advantages and limitations.
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Background

Electronic information resources also provide a means for measuring resource usage that was not as readily available in the print environment. As early as 1999, when the Association of Research Libraries’ (ARL’s) Statistics and Measurement Committee convened its first meeting on “New Measures,” participating librarians identified the need for quantifying the impact that electronic resources were having on their libraries. ARL subsequently sponsored the “E-Metrics” project (http://www.arl.org.stats.newmeas/emetrics/) that all 123 ARL members are currently engaged in.

Other initiatives - like COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources, http://www.library.yale.edu/consortia/webstats.html)-have helped to standardize vendor usage counts for networked electronic resources (Shepherd & Davis, 2002).

A recent study by two New Zealand librarians (McDowell & Gorman, 2004) found that while New Zealand academic libraries utilize vendors’ usage statistics for informing collection management decisions, there was no significant correlation between the vendors’ usage statistics currently provided and those desired by academic librarians. While the authors concluded that the usefulness of vendors’ usage statistics is improved if the publisher adopts either COUNTER or ICOLC standards, academic librarians also had differing needs from those met through even standardized usage statistics.

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